Marco Mason a senior lecturer at the School of Design at the Northumbria University UK. With a PhD in Design Sciences (2012), he is specialized in Digital Cultural Heritage design. He has been researching and teaching in leading research centres such as Iuav Faculty of Arts and Design ITA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA, School of Museum Studies in Leicester UK, University of Cambridge, and now Northumbria School of Design UK. Marco’s research engages with the current discourse of digital transformation in museums and the role design is playing in addressing these new challenges. His research responds to a broader agenda about the role of design in society (UKRI priority). His original contribution has been on refocusing museum design research from technology to human practices, which is now a trend in digital heritage research. This makes my research of international interest. This has been recognised by the two highly prestigious EU funding awards (total amount of €470,000) he secured in less than 4 years since completing my PhD. He is one of very few researchers in Europe to have obtained two Marie Curie Individual Fellowships as the Principal Investigator (2012–18).
Jonathan Gration is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Northumbria on the AHRC funded “Designing in the Digitally Mature Museum” project, which focuses on Human Centred Design practices in museums. His PhD in Museum Studies entitled: “The Immersive Interior” examines the way Historic House Museums can developed rich narratives to engage audiences with the complex layered histories of their interiors. He has previously lectured at the University of Amsterdam, De Montfort University, and at Nottingham Trent University. He is a trustee of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and previously served on the board of the International Council of Museums. He is the lead investigator of the “Daniel Marot – In Situ” research project.